These days, I judge all pizza against one I had in a back street place in Bardolino on Lake Garda, a few years back (it’s a town I’ll be returning to in the autumn and will be revalidating my pizza “gold standard”).
Now, it’ll be fair to say that Palio’s pizza wasn’t as good as the Bardoilino one. But it wasn’t at all bad. In fact, it was pretty good. A very thin base – crisp for the most part, but a bit floppy towards the middle. A decent sized crust, with just a hint of charring here and there. As for toppings, we picked anchovies, black olives and mushrooms. Good ingredients, although the anchovies were a little sparse. And it would have been good to see capers on offer. We had absolutely no problem in scoffing just about every morsel of the 18” version. And we had a mixed salad alongside. Nice crisp cos lettuce, red onion, green pepper, cucumber and some entirely tasteless and vaguely unpleasant tomato.
Very casual place – order at the counter and they bring it to you. Very casual was just what we wanted that evening.
I'm glad you enjoyed Palio's. We're picky about pizza, as we have a small wood-fired oven at home and generally make our own pizzas, plus we've been traveling to Italy for over 20 years. Occasionally, though, our kids' schedules make dinner at home impossible, and Palio's is our choice for pizza.
I've been to Columbo's a couple of times but not for pizza, but we will definitely try the new place once it opens, and may give the pizza at Columbo's a try as well. The food at Columbo's is surprisingly much better than at the Roadhouse. Even when the Roadhouse was at the top of its game (mid-90's), we only ate the specials. The regular menu was pretty lackluster.
That reminds me: we did promise a pizza party for local 'hounds, which we still plan to do in the near future. We spent most of April in Italy, so we've been catching up on various things since then. I'll post something soon with my email....